A Kinetic Sculpture Revealing the Movements of An Invisible Flock of Birds

A Kinetic Sculpture Revealing the Movements of An Invisible Flock of Birds

If you are looking a video that will completely soothe you after a stressful day, ‘Diffusion Choir’ is just the one you are looking for. It showcases a kinetic sculpture commissioned by Biomed Realty for its building at 650 East Kendall Street in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Sosolimited partnered with Plebian Design and Hypersonic to design, program, and fabricate this unique paper installation. The sculpture itself celebrates the organic beauty of collaboration by visualizing the movements of an invisible flock of birds. 400 folding elements comprised of Tyvek form a hanging volume in the sunlit atrium. Each element can independently open and close, controlled by custom software running a flocking algorithm.


A Kinetic Sculpture Revealing the Movements of An Invisible Flock of BirdsA Kinetic Sculpture Revealing the Movements of An Invisible Flock of Birds

The 400 origami elements were developed from Tyvek, high-density polyethylene that’s durable enough to withstand the UV light that fills the atrium, and can be folded into precise configurations. The movements of the sculpture are perpetually evolving, driven by the flocking simulation. Over the course of each hour, smaller groups of birds coalesce into a single entity, soaring through the air in fluid collaboration. At each quarter hour, the birds gather and perform special choreographed gestures across the sculpture.

A Kinetic Sculpture Revealing the Movements of An Invisible Flock of BirdsA Kinetic Sculpture Revealing the Movements of An Invisible Flock of Birds

“As a team, we’re really proud of this work. The pieces came together organically to create something more kinetic and sophisticated than anything we’ve done before,” said Eric Gunther, co-founder of Sosolimited. “The movements are spontaneous yet controlled, the flow is gentle yet unmistakeable, and the overall effect is both contemplative and thought-provoking. It’s a unique experience.” The sculpture reflects the collaborative and innovative spirit of the work happening in the building. The graceful breath-like movements of the piece create an open, contemplative space for all the inhabitants of the building to enjoy.

A Kinetic Sculpture Revealing the Movements of An Invisible Flock of BirdsA Kinetic Sculpture Revealing the Movements of An Invisible Flock of Birds

About Sosolimited
Sosolimited is a design and technology studio based in Boston, MA that creates data and technology driven experiences that engage and inspire people. Founded by three MIT graduates they blend their backgrounds in physics, computer science, architecture, arts and music to imagine and build the new for clients looking to achieve distinction and engage audiences with memorable work. Sosolimited has worked with clients, including Twitter, Google, VICE, Porche, IBM and Boston Properties, and their work has been recognized by The Art Directors Club, Cannes Lions, as well as exhibited internationally at the Walker Art Center, Smithsonian Design Museum and the Shanghai Biennial.

About Plebian Design
Plebian Design is a design firm based in Cambridge, MA that’s focused on understanding the potential of humans and explores how technology can connect us, instead of separating us, and the future consilience of science and spirit. Founder Jeff Lieberman is also the creator behind the successful Kickstarter campaign ‘Slow Dance, a frame that slows down time.’ He hosted ‘Time Warp’ on the Discovery Channel, composes music in the duo Knolls, and builds kinetic sculptures. He holds four degrees from MIT (Physics, Math, Mech. Eng., Media Arts + Sciences) and his work can be seen at http://bea.st .

About Hypersonic
Hypersonic is a collaborative studio based in New York City blending art, design, engineering, and technology to create physically engrossing sculptures and interactive experiences. The company was founded by Bill Washabaugh who is an artist, designer, and aerospace engineer. Bill has designed airplane systems for Boeing, a moving stage show for U2, a full sized transforming robot car for Citroen, and many award-winning static and kinetic sculptures.

A Kinetic Sculpture Revealing the Movements of An Invisible Flock of BirdsA Kinetic Sculpture Revealing the Movements of An Invisible Flock of Birds

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